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Aretha Franklin Was a Regular Performer On Jefferson Street

Posted: 5:33 PM, Aug 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-17 11:42:57-04

Aretha Franklin's voice awed people all around the country including Nashville, where she first began touring at the beginning of her career, and Jefferson Street was she spent most of her time.

The queen of soul not only spent time in Nashville, but many of her performances during the early 1960s were in clubs on Jefferson Street.

The Del Morocco, Club Baron, and New Era Club are where she spent most of her time.

NewsChannel 5 spoke with the Founder of the Jefferson Street Sound Museum, Lorenzo Washington, who was inside the New Era Club when she performed in Nashville.

Washington was just 19 years old when he watched her perform, but he but knew she had a voice like no other.

Washington learned that she had passed away Thursday morning. He says she's no longer physically here but her music will always live on, especially in Nashville.

"Aretha will never die from the hearts of Nashville. That goes for the whole country but I'm going to specifically say Nashville. That's who I represent," said Washington.

Those clubs are no longer on Jefferson Street.